“Downtown is the home of a community’s institutional leadership. The appearance of economic health downtown is perceived as a direct reflection of the quality of that institutional leadership.”—Don Rypkema
We are slowly moving to the European standard – we are eating dinner later and later and we are shopping later and later. This is why retailers and malls in the 70s closed at 6:00 pm and were only open 12 – 5 on Sundays, but now are open until at least 9:00 pm seven days a week.
Every successful retail mall, every lifestyle retail center (now replacing many downtowns) is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 or 10:00 pm seven days a week.
This is why downtowns are dying at an alarming rate.
Downtowns are transforming into evening hour destinations. Dining, entertainment, cultural arts, special events. The days of buying socks and underwear downtown are, for the most part, over.
Why is it that EVERY SINGLE national retailer stays open late into the evening hours? Walmart, Sears, BassPro Shops, Scheels, FredMeyer (out west), Lowe’s, Home Depot, Staples, Office Max, Best Buy, Safeway, Raley’s, Ace Hardware stores, etc., etc., etc. They do it for ONE big reason: During the day people are at work or are at school. When they are OFF work, downtown is closed. So they head to WalMart or to places that are open.
Visitors, during the day, are in Disney World, or are out fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, playing golf, etc. They spend their money at the end of the day – are you open? So this applies to both visitors and local residents as well.
We are happy to present this virtual tour of downtown Murray and some of its great shops! Just click the headline to view the tour. More stores will be participating so stay tuned. Thank you to ShopMainStreets.com.
Parking. It’s a dirty little word. Meters, no meters. Fewer tickets, more tickets. Parking is a controversial subject and finding consensus will take hard work. There are some things we can do right now, however, which make sense and do not cost a thing.
Save spaces for customers! We know, the spaces out front are convenient, which is exactly why we want them for customers. Maybe your business doesn’t depend on parking, but your neighbors may. More than ever, a downtown business district needs to understand, we all sink or swim together.
How do you assess the value of a downtown space? For retail and food establishments, the lack of a space can mean the loss of a customer. The lifetime value of a customer is thousands of dollars. According to Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, Inc., the value of a parking space to downtown is between $3,000 and $5,000 per year. This value shows why it is so important to save prime parking spaces for customers.
3. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
1. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
How Historic Preservation Can Reverse Population Loss in So-Called “Shrinking Cities”
Blog post by Michelle Kimball & Michelle Conway
For so-called “shrinking cities”–places adversely affected by deindustrialization like Cleveland and Detroit, or by disasters like our own city of New Orleans–historic preservation is a viable solution to the problems of blight, vacancy, and depopulation. Preservation is also a viable way for New Orleans specifically to continue buck the national trend and to continue increasing our population.
Murray Main Street’s Trivia Night is a fun way to test your (useless) knowledge and enjoy time with friends. It’s a fun night out during a time of year when there is usually not much going on.
So, what do you have to do to participate? First of all, call Murray Main Street at 270-759-9474 to reserve your table. Then, find seven of your smartest friends and start practicing. Brush up on your trivia by playing games like Trivial Pursuit, or Google “trivia questions” and ask away. The fee to participate is $150 per table of 8, which is only $18.75 per person. The event is a fundraiser for Murray Main Street, the organization that works so hard to keep our downtown vibrant and beautiful.
Finally, it’s time to put your skills to the test. Trivia Night will take place February 22 at 6 p.m. at the Maple Center in downtown Murray. Don’t worry about dinner— heavy appetizers, a.k.a. brain food, are provided.
If you have any questions about Trivia Night, don’t hesitate to call Murray Main Street at 270.759.9474.
I have watched one too many episodes of storage wars and american pickers. So, when upstairs in the historic building on Murray’s court square that Main Street owns (Mugsys and Happiness) I found boxes of what most people would see as junk. Needless to say I am now a craigslist and ebay expert…
Who knew that Freedom Fest’s 25th anniversary would bring the hottest days Murray had seen in 60 years? Still, the 100+ degree temperatures could not stop the community from celebrating its favorite holiday. Freedom Fest has a lot of people to thank for its success — we couldn’t do it without you.
Murray Fire Dept. Calloway Co. Fire and Rescue (These two groups are first for a reason. They worked tirelessly so the community could enjoy the annual fireworks). Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau Freedom Fest Board of Directors Murray Main Street Murray-Calloway Co. Parks and Recreation City of Murray Calloway Co. Government City of Murray Street Dept. City of Murray Police City of Murray Sanitation Dept. Murray Electric System Murray Filmburner’s Club Murray State University Governor’s Scholars Program Murray-Calloway Co. Transit Authority Primary Care Briggs & Stratton
Briggs & Stratton Lake Chem Community Federal Credit Union Stratemeyer Media- K98-98.3 FNB CFSB The Murray Bank Culver’s of Murray K-Squared Designs Murray-Calloway Co. Chamber of Commerce Ezell’s Cosmetology School
Also, thank you to those who volunteered their time to make Freedom Fest even better.
“Dollar for dollar, historic preservation is one of the highest job-generating economic development options available. It also has much more direct impact on the local economy than building new properties.”—http://vimeo.com/35608673
Murray Main Street will stimulate economic development and investment in the historic district by promoting its distinctive qualities through preservation and improvement, making it a great place to live, work, shop and play.
Murray Main Street receives top score in recertification
Congratulations to Murray Main Street, which recently received the highest score in Kentucky on its National Main Street Certification!
During the annual Kentucky Main Street Conference, held Jan. 25-27 in Frankfort, Main Street Manager Deana Wright learned the program had scored 95 points out of 100, the highest score in the state. The program is one of only 12 in Kentucky to achieve a National Main Street Certification.
The certification ranks Main Street programs on ten different standards of performance. These standards require that the program:
Has broad-based community support for the commercial district revitalization process, with strong support from both the public and private sectors.
Has developed vision and mission statements relevant to community conditions and to the local Main Street program’s organizational stage.
Has a comprehensive Main Street work plan.
Possesses a historic preservation ethic.
Has an active board of directors and committees.
Has an adequate operating budget.
Has a paid, professional executive director.
Conducts a program of ongoing training for staff and volunteers.
Reports key statistics.
Is a current member of the National Trust National Main Street Network.